Singing Cooks & Waiters – Great Food & Fun Entertainment
Hopefully our time in quarantine is ending soon and if you’re thinking about heading off to the islands ringing the South China Sea don’t pass up some time in the Philippines with Manila being a must.
Manila is a large and diverse city with lots to see and do. If you are there for several days it is possible to enjoy the diversity and to venture into the outlying countryside for some picturesque sites. If you only have a day, Singing Cooks and Waiters should be your number one stop.
First, and most important, is to know the address of this Manila Gem. It is located in the Ongpauco Building on Roxas Blvd, Pasay, Metro Manila. It is best to have this written down for your taxi driver as they seem to have a hard time finding this place. It is open for lunch (11-3) and dinner 6-11) but confirm the hours by either calling (632 832 0658) or checking their website.
Once you are seated in the dining room, you are presented with an extensive menu of local Filipino foods in a wide range of prices. There are several pages of poultry, meat and seafood to choose from, so it is easy to pick several dishes that can be shared. If you are inclined, there are also a number of local beers to enjoy with your meal.
As you wait for your food, you can enjoy the Filipino hospitality and the amazing entertainment. The show varies by time of day and day of the week. On our lunch, there was a piano player and a gentleman on the guitar and they were joined by singers who are also the restaurants waiters and cooks. They sing together and also perform some impressive solo numbers. They use soup ladles from the kitchen as microphone props. The singers walk among the tables to get diners to join in and eventually staff and guests make their way to the “stage” to sing and dance. The only problem comes when you finish eating and it is time to leave. Getting your check can take a while as everyone is having so much fun they don’t want to break away!
As you exit the restaurant there is a very attentive doorman who will send you on your way or help you get a cab. If you still have a little time left in your day and you feel like shopping, the fabulous Mall of Asia is just a short taxi drive away.